We have exclusively learned that Rosario Dawson will appear in The Mandalorian season 2 and are excited to report that she will be playing a fan-favorite character previously only seen in the Star Wars animated productions. Dawson will be playing a live-action version of Ahsoka Tano, Anakin Skywalker’s Jedi padawan apprentice who appeared in Star Wars: The Clone Wars and Star Wars: Rebels. This would be the character’s first appearance in live-action.
Dave Filoni, the co-creator of Ahsoka in animated form, is a writer, producer, and director on The Mandalorian. He made his live-action directorial debut helming multiple episodes of the first season, and we saw a couple of weeks back that Dave Filoni had returned as a director for the second season. We have confirmed this Dawson casting with two independent sources. We reached out to Lucasfilm to request a statement from the company or Dave Filoni, but received no response. We have been chasing this scoop for a month now and have reached out to Rosario’s reps, who also didn’t respond.
ABC news correspondent Clayton Sandell also backed up the article with some insight of his own.
A live-action version of Ahsoka Tano appearing in the second season of The Mandalorian is correct. I’d heard a couple names floated (Dawson was indeed one) but I can’t confirm the @slashfilm casting scoop. However, I can say Ahsoka will not be played by Ashley Eckstein.
— Clayton Sandell (@Clayton_Sandell) March 20, 2020
It’s worth remembering that, while Dave Filoni is undoubtedly loyal to Ashley Eckstein and the stellar work she has done as Ahsoka, she was hired – just as any animated performer is – to be the voice of Ahsoka. If this rumour is indeed true – and on the day Ahsoka returns in The Clone Wars in Gone With A Trace – and given the state of the world right now, perhaps Lucasfilm will confirm or deny this sooner rather than later.